Filopino residency struggle

Filipino Dairy Workers in New Zealand chairwoman Maiden Saba.

12:23 PM  Residency decisions are locking Mid and South Canterbury's Filipino dairy workers into wage jobs and out of careers, advocates say.

Drought dampens interest

Sheep are corraled into a pen.

12:30 PM  Low industry confidence as buyers and sellers in short supply at a South Canterbury adult sheep sale

Trial 'helping nature along'

American hydrologist Bob Bower is leading the MAR trial in the Hinds Plains area of Mid-Canterbury.

A low-tech approach to replenish and improve water quality in Mid Canterbury's over-allocated and polluted aquifers will be trialled soon.

Legend to hang up clippers

World famous shearer David Fagan, who is planning on retiring this year, aged 53, competes in the Open heats of Gore's Southern Shears 50th anniversary event.

David Fagan is one of the country's top sportsmen but after more than 30 years of competition he has decided to hang up the handpiece.

Moulding farm cadets

Waipaoa Station stock manager Jerry Cook takes over the drafting gate while senior cadet Peter Livingstone, Gisborne, pushes the lambs through.

Cadets from the Gisborne training farm, Waipaoa, are in demand when they graduate with well-honed skills.

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opinion

Editorial: Raising superann age a tough call

Big banks will resist moves to make compulsory comprehensive credit reporting.

National Superannuation brought big changes to the way New Zealand provides pensions for the elderly.

There's a better way for councils to use Overseer

OPINION: An 'empowering and collaborative, not dictatorial' approach to improving water quality.

Desperate for a drop to drink

Just how far can Overseer be trusted?

dairy

Filipino farmers locked in residency struggle

Filipino Dairy Workers in New Zealand chairwoman Maiden Saba.

12:23 PM  Residency decisions are locking Mid and South Canterbury's Filipino dairy workers into wage jobs and out of careers, advocates say.

Rugby club scores its own farm

After buying a dairy herd and leasing dairy farms for several years, a forward-thinking Taranaki rugby club has taken the next step.

Fonterra dairy factory

Fonterra holds forecast price

"Early days yet" but Fonterra's holding decision on milk payout forecast surprises economists, who had pencilled in a rise.

beef

Boosting pasture makes sense

GREEN GREEN HILLS OF HOME: Increasing pasture and forage growth boosts farm profitability.

We all know the old adage ­ you get out what you put in ­ and nowhere is that more evident on a daily basis than on the farm.

MIE hails Hancox victory

The election of Fiona Hancox to the Silver Fern Farms board is a "watershed" for red meat reform, a farmer-led meat group says.

Steve and Jenny Herries with some of the Alpine Angus stud cows. Their first bull sale averaged $9500.

Strategic location move pays off

Angus stud breeders Steve and Jenny Herries took their shop window to a high-traffic area.

Sheep

Shearing legend David Fagan about to hang up clippers

World famous shearer David Fagan, who is planning on retiring this year, aged 53, competes in the Open heats of Gore's Southern Shears 50th anniversary event.

David Fagan is one of the country's top sportsmen but after more than 30 years of competition he has decided to hang up the handpiece.

A barking mad sheep video

Richard the sheep has managed to pull the wool over his doggy pals' eyes.

Winton farmer Todd Anderson with his Southdown rams.

Record price for ram 'humbling'

A Southdown ram has sold for $15,000 - a New Zealand record across all ram breeds this year.

cropping

Rosy results in apples trade

Wild thing: Go on the apple hunt with the Lyneham Commons on St Valentine's Day, February 14.

Scales Corporation beats prospectus forecasts, reporting an annual net profit of $18.4m as it continues to eye growth.

World record crop

Timaru farmer Warren Darling has a world record harvest, with help from an early winter.

A Queensland fruit fly, like those discovered in Auckland.

Fruit fly an isolated case, say growers

Waikato fruitgrowers are confident the pest will remain contained in Auckland and eradicated.

agribusiness

Fruit fly No 8 found in Auckland

A Queensland fruit fly, like those discovered in Auckland.

0 min ago  An eighth fruit fly has been found in Auckland, but MPI say it remains confident the outbreak can be contained.

Water quality trial 'helping nature along'

A low-tech approach to replenish and improve water quality in Mid Canterbury's over-allocated and polluted aquifers will be trialled soon.

Waipaoa Station stock manager Jerry Cook takes over the drafting gate while senior cadet Peter Livingstone, Gisborne, pushes the lambs through.

Waipaoa Station moulds young farm cadets for workforce

Cadets from the Gisborne training farm, Waipaoa, are in demand when they graduate with well-honed skills.

Discovery

Helping grow the 'golden goose'

Dairy SolutioNZ chief executive Derek Fairweather at his lifestyle block home south of Hamilton with his bull and heifers bred for heat tolerance.

New Zealand knows how to produce large amounts of animal protein cheaply.

Mutual gains from project

New Zealand sheep research is being helped by Massey University's relationships in China.

A farmer scans cattle tagged for lifetime traceability through NAIT.

Tagged stock have added value - NAIT

Tagging and registering all cattle and deer will be a significant boon to farmers and the NZ economy, says system's administrators.

rural women

Environment plan template gets big tick

Keri Johnston is a supreme winner of the Enterprising New Zealand Rural Women Awards with business partner Haidee McCabe.

Meeting tighter environmental regulations has just got easier for Canterbury farmers.

Pink bales highlight breast cancer

Around the country, pink bundles have been appearing on paddocks.

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

Video

$50m inflatable dome

A 33 metre high dome appeared on Timaru's waterfront this morning.

advice

The journey to recovery

Doug Avery has told the story of his journey to recovery, sustainable farming and mental resilience up and down the land.

Farming transformation guru Doug Averyis has a new weapon against rural depression, farming calamities and under-performance.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

PESTt: High populations of black beetles are starting to be seen on Waikato pastures.

Dry weather boosts black beetle danger

Cold late spring weather stops black beetle populations but numbers could be on the increase as the dry sets in.

aquaculture

Fish project disputed

Hand feeding in the NZ King Salmon hatchery at Takaka. The Nelson-based company is leading a new $5.2m public/private salmon feed research programme.

Sustain our Sounds says it's outrageous taxpayers would have to pick up a $2.6m tab to fund research for a Malaysian company.

Pelorus marine farm gains extension

A marine farm in the Pelorus Sound has been granted an extension despite opponents saying it would create a race for space.

Commercial Dump of Fish

'It was leakage' video

About 45 kilograms of fish were lost as a result of 'leakage', not deliberate dumping, a commercial fishing company says.

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